This presidency is, I think, for democrats all the way….and here is why I think so…….
In the 2000 presidential primary campaign, 10,371 absentee ballots were requested. Four years later, there were 9,600 requests.
And this year? More than 40,000 — just in the Cincinnati area, part of an unprecedented early and absentee voting pattern across the state.
It is in part due to aggressive pushes by both Democratic campaigns. Some Barack Obama campaign ads end with information about early voting, and to visit his Cincinnati campaign headquarters is to see an effort both to get voters to cast their ballots early and on a call-and-rides list for next Tuesday.
“More people are telling us they are going to be voting in the Democratic primary,” Eric Rademacher, associate director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati tells CNN.
“And when we look at our polls over time, we are seeing a little bit of a dip in the number of people who are self identifying as Republicans.”
By the numbers, Republicans have a serious case of what you might call turnout trouble.
Excluding caucuses, some 22 million Democratic votes have been cast in the primaries held to date. For Republicans, the number is 14.1 million.
Is it just me or is this a re-run of the final season of The West Wing?